Le Corbusier – On the trails of an architectural master piece

A visionary in the fields of colours: Le Corbusier – architect and artist

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris alias Le Corbusier (1887 –1965) caused a sensation as an architect, urban planner, designer, artist and architectural theorist.
He shaped the ideas we have of modern architecture, indeed of modernity in general. Le Corbusier started his career as an apprentice engraver at the School of Applied Arts, but soon discovered his passion for painting and architecture.

In the 1920s, he moved to Paris to work as architect, writer and painter and set standards for modern architecture with his villa buildings.
During this time, horn-rimmed glasses and bow tie became his trademarks and of course, his pseudonym "Le Corbusier".

Three masterpieces of his oeuvre excel particularly:

  • "Five Points of Architecture," a treatise with principles for free floor plan and facade design.
  • "Modulor“,  an anthropometric scale of proportions based on the golden ratio.
  • "Polychromie architecturale", a unique tool for harmonious color selection.

Le Corbusier`s great designs are based on the “synthesis of applied arts“, integrating architecture, interior design, furnishing and colour design. 
They are convincing and authoritative, right through to the present day. 

Le Corbusier - World heritage with KEIM
This architectural work by Le Corbusier is considered as an outstanding contribution to the "Modern Movement" and is listed as UNESCO world cultural heritage since July 2016.

Polychromie architecturale – Le Corbusier's colour keyboards

Le Corbusier doubtlessly was one of the most important and influential architects of modern times. He shaped the notion that we have of architecture, even of modern living as such. With his unparalleled experiences as an architect, artist and designer Le Corbusier created a masterwork of colours "La Polychromie Architecturale".

“Colour in architecture – a means as powerful as the ground plan and section. Or better: polychromy, a component of the ground plan and the section itself.““

From his profound understanding of being an artist, Le Corbusier developed the first colour range consisting of 43 architectural colours in twelve sentiments with picturesque names such as space, sky, velvet, and sand, in 1931. In 1959, he added another 20 deep, dynamic shades: bright colourful nuances, strong earthy colours and deep black.

Le Corbusier`s choice of colours was subjective – he selected colours from nature, with a historic, artistic and associative background. This is probably exactly why both collections stand out as being uniquely aesthetic as beautiful, strong and modern as ever even decades later. All shades of the colour keyboards can be harmoniously combined.

“Polychromie architecturale“ is a practical tool and a work of art at the same time.

Le Corbusier‘s "Polychromie architecturale" – 63 fascinating colour shades which Le Corbusier created in two colour collections - in 1931 and 1959.

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poLyChro® Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier

All the most beautiful colours are now available in the very best quality paint.

The true "Le Corbusier colours by KEIM

Only selected premium partners can use the Architectural Polychromy in order to create outstanding and high-quality products.
It is therefore no great surprise that KEIM has now been exclusively authorised to offer Le Corbusier`s unique colour collection under the name of “poLyChro®“. The result is an unsurpassed depth of colour, combined with a matt, velvety surface effect. This architectural approach is tailormade for Le Corbusier`s colour keyboards. Quality controlled by Les Couleurs Suisse AG as the authorised representive of the Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris.


poLyChro® –  Le Corbusier`s colours are...
  • fascinating with a matt, velvety surface
  • inspiring with unimagined colour depth
  • produced in skilled workmanship using purest colour pigments
  • also environmentally compatible, permeable and healthy.
Original Le Corbusier colours manufactured by KEIM

Le Corbusier`s 63 masterful colours, implemented in colour recipes of unique quality – that`s poLyChro®, Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier. poLyChro® is the perfect symbiosis of a matt, velvety surface with a fascinating depth of colour. It offers colours that are full of life, hugely intensive and yet reservedly elegant. poLyChro® is both available for interior and exterior areas.

Partners and suppliers

Private customers can purchase the extraordinary poLyChro® Le Corbusier paints in Germany from numerous partners, and commercial customers directly from KEIM Germany. They are are also distributed through our subsidiaries in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. There is also a "Les Couleurs® - Le Corbusier design network". “Les Couleurs Suisse AG" guards the treasure from Le Corbusier's oeuvre: "LA Polychromie Architecturale". The colour collection is made available exclusively to selected partners for implementation into particularly high-quality design products.


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